• Unexpected Praise for Trump’s Turnaround

    Unexpected Praise for Trump’s Turnaround

    One of history's worst natural disasters produced one of the best weeks of Donald Trump's presidency. The chief executive and his administration rose to the challenge of responding to Hurricane Harvey and even his implacable media critics praised his change in attitude. The normally hostile New York Times featured TWO…

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  • Those Who Don’t Fight Evil Fight Statues

    All my life, I have known this rule about people: Those who don't fight the greatest evils will fight lesser evils or make-believe evils.This happens to be the morally defining characteristic of the left. During the Cold War, many liberals and nearly all conservatives fought communism, but the left fought…

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  • How the Mainstream Media Operate

    “Our leading media” are characterized by “indefensibly corrupt manipulations of language repeated incessantly.” Patrick Lawrence in The Nation, Aug. 9, 2017, on the media's reporting of the alleged collusion between Donald Trump's campaign and Russia To understand America's crises today, one must first understand what has happened to two institutions:…

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  • Why Not to “Follow Your Heart”

    Why Not to “Follow Your Heart”

    By Diane Medved, Ph.D. It could be that “follow your heart” is the most destructive piece of advice parents, rom-coms and love songs ever dispensed. “Follow your heart” can be blamed for the divorce skyrocket in the late 1970s that now leaves adult children of split families skittish to commit.…

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  • Trump’s Media Strategy Could be Working as Planned

    Why does President Trump continue his ferocious attacks on media as “fake news” and “really bad people” who “don't love our country”? Surely, he understands that relentless assaults won't win him more favorable, or even more balanced coverage. Trump defenders say the President rips the press because they deserve it;…

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  • Confronting the Truth Behind the Monument Debates

    Confronting the Truth Behind the Monument Debates

    The raging debate over statues honoring Southern leaders in the Civil War turns on the true nature of the Confederate cause. Ten days after adoption of the Confederate Constitution, the future Vice President of the Confederacy, Alexander H. Stephens, proclaimed: Our new government is founded upon exactly this idea: its…

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  • The Real Reason the South Left the Union

    The Real Reason the South Left the Union

    Tragic recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia raise new questions about an old debate. Why did Southern states leave the Union in the first place, resulting in a war that killed more than 700,000 Americans? Mississippi, the 2nd of 11 states that ultimately seceded from the federal government, gave a clear…

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